PTC is giving users a taste of how social networking technologies can transform the traditional user community or message board. The company just launched PlanetPTC Community, an online environment where PTC customers and other product development professionals can come together to showcase their work, network with peers and share success stories and experiences.
PTC conducted extensive research, including an engagement with Forrester Research to determine its customers’ readiness for a PTC-hosted community. PTC execs say they shaped the kind of content and interactions based on what PTC customers said they wanted. In fact, content for PlanetPTC Community has been contributed by Diamond members (essentially the founding participants), who were most eager to share their stories. The platform features the full gamut of Web 2.0 technologies and concepts, including discussion forums, blogging, microblogging, wikis, news feeds, file sharing, groups, content rating, commenting, tagging and friending. PTC has appointed a community manager to assist members with questions.
In addition to the community aspect, PlanetPTC will feature PlanetPTC Live!, a face-to-face event series that will deliver education, product development news and access to PTC experts and partners; and PlanetPTC Virtual, a user-friendly, online gathering that delivers real-time and on-demand education.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.